The Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (PMCB) is the portal to PhD-level research in seven different basic science departments. Students who wish to earn a PhD in any of the member departments must apply for admission through PMCB, making it the largest graduate program at OHSU. During the first year, admitted students take core conjoint courses and rotate through labs before transitioning to their chosen department to complete PhD requirements and dissertation research.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) carries out fundamental research on mechanisms of disease at atomic and molecular levels of resolution. Students in BMB come to learn, in atomic detail, about the molecular interactions common to basic life processes, and the techniques that illuminate the molecular underpinnings of normal physiology and the diseased state.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) encompasses multidisciplinary and multi-scale research applied to significant health problems. BME faculty link basic science to the clinic by providing advanced technical solutions-computational models, engineered experimental systems, advanced measurement technologies, nanotechnology and reporter chemistry to pressing biomedical problems.
Cell and Developmental Biology
The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology (CDB) offers research and training in studies examining the biosynthesis, assembly and function of cellular components, as well as the mechanisms that permit morphogenesis and the ability of interacting cells to form a living organism.
Molecular and Medical Genetics
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
The Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI) faculty are strongly committed to providing excellent research training for PhD and MD/PhD students and to preparing them for successful careers as faculty and as researchers in health-science companies. Microbiology and Immunology are disciplines that are key to our understanding of basic life processes and to our quest to improve human health.
Physiology and Pharmacology
The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology (PH2) offers a unique environment for research and training that combines elements of Molecular Physiology and Pharmacology with Chemical Biology to create a synergistic and highly collaborative atmosphere.
The Cancer Biology Program (CanB) constitutes the foundation of basic science research of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. The overall goal of the program is to investigate the underlying cellular, genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of cancer and in the regulation of both normal and abnormal cell growth.